The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation has awarded Pomona College $300,000 to be used for the construction of the Studio Art Hall.

The Studio Art Hall, located north of Seaver Theatre near the Wash, is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the 2014 fall semester, providing 36,000 square feet of teaching and learning space—doubling the space available in the College's 100-year-old Rembrandt Hall. Built around a central courtyard, the new Studio Art Hall features studios for painting, drawing, sculpture, digital arts and photograph; a shared fabrication laboratory, 3-D printing facility and a computer laboratory with digital output facilities; two classrooms; a faculty and student lounge; and a gallery.

Designed by Culver City-based wHY Architecture, the new Studio Art Hall will be an open, airy building, full of light and glass. The facility is being built to LEED Gold standards, and incorporates solar photovoltaics and hot water heaters, daylight harvesting and low-volume lighting.

Since 1978, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation has supported Southern California museums and art programs, investing in excellence in social services, health care, the arts and higher education, striving to support and facilitate the work of the region's best nonprofit organizations.

Pomona College, one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, is known for the close relationships between students and faculty, providing a range of opportunities for student research and leadership, and meeting the full financial aid need of each accepted student with financial aid packages that do not include loans.